The Today show has yet to announce who will be taking over Gifford's spot, but O'Connell wouldn't mind having his name tossed in the ring
“I love that format. I love Hoda,” he said, calling the television host “an infectious, beautiful soul.”
“It would be an honor for anyone who gets to be there with her,” he added, before explaining that fans of his shouldn’t get their hopes up. “Is it happening? No.”
“Nothing has been determined about her replacement. She’s here until April, anyway. But it’s looking like Jenna,” the source shared, explaining that “she’s in the mix because she’s a favorite among viewers and staffers and she has already filled in for Kathie Lee every time she’s been away.”
“I feel so relieved,” she said on-air the day after announcing the news.
“I’ve known it was coming for a long, long time and you want to get your story out before somebody else tries to tell your story in an inaccurate way,” she told her Today family — including Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Kotb. “I’ve always tried to be an authentic person, I’ve been honest all along, so when you’re misrepresented, it bothers you because you say, ‘I want everybody to know my truth.’ “
“Hoda’s known it for a long, long time,” Gifford continued. “All these other projects have been bubbling up … and it’s so exciting. Movies and music and so many wonderful things. And I need the time for them to do them properly.”